This week the world has been in a complete tizzy over the latest cover of American Vogue featuring one of the… if not the biggest pop culture power couples of the 21st century Kanye West and his wife to be Kim Kardashian. I just can’t bring myself to call them Kimye sorry… I don’t think there has been this much controversy over an American Vogue cover since 2008 with their April issue featuring Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen! As soon as it hit newsstands the world went insane over what was meant to be a ground breaking issue for Vogue as Lebron was the first black man to EVER be featured on their illustrious cover. 2008 PEOPLE THAT WAS ONLY 6 YEARS AGO!!!! IT TOOK THEM LONG ENOUGH!!!!!! Needless to say it had the opposite impact to what Vogue had intended. The cover shows Lebron ferociously playing basketball while hold super model Gisele Bundchen as if she is light as a feather. (I bet she is light as a feather?) Instead of seeing a talented man doing what he does best… PLAYING BASKETBALL and holding a SUPER MODEL… Come on you guys it’s VOGUE NOT TIME MAGAZINE!!! In fact I do believe I have seen him pull the exact same facial expression while playing on the court. All people saw a King Kong parody branding Vogue as racially insensitive for reinforcing and contributing to stereotypes. Maybe it might just be my ignorance but I don’t think the picture is racist but I do understand why people would have that opinion. What do you guys think?
Ok back to Kim & Kanye there is no denying that it looks like a really beautiful picture for the cover of prom magazine so I understand why the fashionistas of the world would not like it. People are even going so far as to cancel their subscriptions or bloggers taking down the link to Vogue magazine. I don’t want to even go into the awful things people have said about them. I find this disgusting. Regardless of whether or not you think Kim and Kanye are worthy enough be on the cover it is, it’s not your decision to make. I do believe that would be up to Anna Wintour. Vogue would be not be what it is today without her foresight. She knows what she is doing and no one can make her do anything. Sooooooo to all you people bashing Vogue, Kim, Kanye, and Anna stop and really think for a second because I am willing to bet my life that whether you recognize it or not somewhere hidden deep down inside of all of us is the dream of being on the cover of VOGUE!!! So back off stop shitting on people’s dreams that have come true and try for once to be happy for other’s success. Stop raining on their parade!
Other magazine covers that have caused a lot of controversy!
Vanity Fair, August 1991: Demi Moore, Pregnant and Nude! It was shot by Annie Leibovitz this issue was said to be shameful and disgusting when it was released… my my my have times changed it seen like almost ever celebrity that is pregnant does cover shoots like this now!
Rolling Stone, January 22, 1981: John Lennon and Yoko Ono! The story behind this cover is beyond romantic!! Also shot by Annie Leibovitz she took this picture only hours before John Lennon was sadly shot outside of his apartment building, in New York City! Originally Annie only wanted to take pictures of John Lennon but he insisted that his wife be in the pictures.
Playboy, October 1971: First Playboy African-American Woman This cover was the first Playboy cover to feature an African-American woman. The model is Darine Stern and the photographer was Richard Fegley.
Time, April 14 1997: Ellen’s Coming-Out Issue
Time’s cover and exclusive story left no doubt in the minds of all Americans that Ellen is gay.
If you realy want to get pissed off and a magazine cover then Golfweek, January 19, 2008: The Noose that Hung an Editor take a look at this… it takes the cake for me…. I mean what the fuck!!!!! This cover was inspired by comments made by a golf anchorman Kelly Tlighman where she stated that fellow players should “lynch (Tiger Woods) in a back alley.” One day after the cover was published, the editor was let go.